Be thankful for things you take for granted. I wanted to join the Thankful Thursday blog hop today to remind everyone of how quickly life can change. It’s important to enjoy what you have each and every day. Mom’s broken ankle taught us all a real good lesson. The boot may be off, but the lessons learned are staying with us.
You all know what an active family we are. The morning Mom broke her ankle changed our lifestyle for a good two months and helped us to appreciate simple things that we always take for granted like walking. Mom got the boot off about three weeks ago now. It was a happy day, but the ankle is still healing, and getting back to normal is a slow process. One week after losing the boot, Mom and I were able to road trip it to Moline for two days for nose work. It was a lot of fun!
Two days after getting the boot off we resumed taking walks. We had to start slowly, with short walks, but last weekend, Mom promised me a walk to the bunny trails – one hour round trip! It’s my favorite walk, and I have really missed it! It was so much fun and made us both so happy! Mom’s legs were a bit tired after not walking much for two months, but it was still fun!
Walking is definitely one of those things you take for granted until you can’t walk. Being on your own with three dogs and a boot is not easy. Thank goodness we had some great friends to help us out. Things like going to the grocery store became a huge project because of the walking. Just going from the desk to the kitchen was a chore. We now have a huge appreciation for anyone with walking issues for whatever reason!
The doctor says Mom can start running again now, but she is going to just enjoy walking for a while…well, in agility with my sisters she has done a bit of short running. It’s nice to just start getting back to our normal life, and we are, oh so thankful the break was not worse than it was and has healed so well! Thank you all for the positive thoughts and prayers!
Today we are joining Brian’s blog in the Thankful Thursday Blog Hop. Stop by some other blogs to find out what they are thankful for!
I agree with you… it needs just a second and things are no longer the same…the mama noticed that too as she howled because of her wrecked arm…so it is no longer business as usual to walk a dog with that gripping device ;o( we cross our paws that all the power comes back to your mom and you can enjoy walk and runs together …like it always was ;o)
It is getting better every day, but it was a tough time for sure!
Linda Tufvesson says
No truer words were ever spoken! Glad your mom is back to normal!
She is still not 100%, but things are getting better every day!
Sparkle the PBGV says
Emma, you are a beautiful, wise girl. So happy your mom is healing. My mom wishes she was able to walk like you all do! XOXO, Sparkle
We all so love to walk, so it is really great we are starting to get back to our old routine slowly.
Ellen Shedlarz says
So happy Mom is starting to feel better and that you will get to spend some real quality time with her again.
That boot really tossed us all up side down! Mom was even suffering from depression the first couple weeks, but we survived and will be all back to the old normal soon.
Jan K says
I’m so glad your Mom – and all of you – can get back to your normal activities. You are so right, we take a lot of things like this for granted, and we need to remember not to.
It really hit Mom when the grocery store was hard for her. Now she feels for anyone who has walking issues.
Two French Bulldogs says
So true. We really do need to enjoy every minute
Lily & Edward
It’s easy to forget the “other side” of life, but in a second, fate brings one back.
So glad things are healing well. When I tore my ACL, and had surgery to repair it I was sidelined for weeks. No running, no bike riding, I never did get back into competitive triathlons. It’s all good. I enjoy a good risk walk with Torrey, and Roxy in a backpack. So we are all happy. Just be sure to take it slow, and don’t risk an injury.
Mom is taking it slow and is being super careful. She wears her brace whenever she is out with any of us just in case. She isn’t going to run for a while either to be on the safe side.
Oh hooray! We are so glad that normal is returning for all of you and your Mom! Thanks for joining the Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!
We are feeling really thankful, so it was a good day to join.
Those are some wonderful things to be thankful for! We are big believers Carpe Diem and try to live each day to the fullest!!
Dory, Jakey, Arty & Bilbo
We try our best to make the most of every day too.
Yay for Mom’s boot being off!!
Her ankle is healing really well, but she is still taking extra good care not to injure it again.
Kinley Westie says
Glad y’all are back to walkin!
Momma says she broke her foot YEARS ago and hated being so immobile.
It is crazy how such a small part of a body can cause so much trouble!
M. K. Clinton says
It is so true that we take our health for granted until something happens. I am glad that you are healing and can walk without the boot. Take care of yourself ♥
We try our best to hold Mom back, but it is not an easy task. Luckily, her business is real busy right now which forces her to stay seated at her computer a lot more…which means resting her ankle 😉
I’m glad your mom is feeling better! It is easy to take things like good health for granted, but you sure miss it when it isn’t there. I’ve had a lot of knee problems in the past (causing me to stop running permanently) and it is sad. My husband also had to give up running due to RA and it breaks his heart.
It is hard. For now running is off the table, but Mom says she will know when it is time to get back into it. Sorry you guys have had to quit. It’s hard to give up something you love.
Frankie and Ernie says
OMD you must be TOTALLY thrilled to be able to get back to Hoppin down the BUNNY TRAILS…
We are all so excited to get out there and sniff what’s been going on the past two months when we were not able to be out and about.
Yay for getting back to normal. Mom used to walk with a cane before she had knee replacement surgery. It was SO great getting back to normal walking afterwards. We know that appreciation very well. Not a day goes by that we don’t think about it. Enjoy!
It really takes something like that to make one think about how lucky people are to have a healthy body. Glad your mom is walking again too.
JeanneP of bichonpawz says
I sure can relate to this post. My mobility decreases more each year. I have had rheumatoid arthritis for many years and as each year goes by, walking becomes more difficult for me. We have to take very short trips with lots of stops for me to rest in between. When we are on a trip, we have the golf cart to ride around in…otherwise I wouldn’t get to see very much. I have gotten used to it, but it is very hard for my husband as he still enjoys hiking and has to grab a hiking buddy if he wants to go. So glad that you are healed up and the boot is off! Take it slow though…you wouldn’t want to hurt it again. Happy Weekend!
So sorry for you. We have met a few folks who also have rheumatoid arthritis, mom’s ortho dr. I’m glad you have adjusted, but I’m sure it still can be super frustrating. Walking is so important in life, and when you can’t walk like everyone else, it is real tough.
2 Brown Dawgs says
So glad you are getting back to normal. Good idea to work back into running.
Mom is taking everything slowly, we don’t want anything to go wrong.
I am SO happy that your mom’s ankle is healing, and you can get back to your usual FUN life. Yipee!
It still has a ways to go, but it is getting better every day. Yesterday we even got to go practice tracking in a field.
Health is a lot to be thankful for, Emma. We are happy for your mom that the ankle has healed and that she can pick up her life again. Pawkisses for a Happy Weekend 🙂 <3
Health is a scary thing to lose, so we are thrilled she is improving!
Maxwell Faraday and Allie says
Mowzers, that was no fun, we imagine! But yes, it’s things like a broken ankle or unexpected illness that make you thankful for things like good health that we take for granted!
Love the shot of you scenting the wind, Emma!
We hope your mom is on the mend too. Nothing is worse than a mom with an out of order sign!
Dolly the Doxie says
Mom says sorry that she forgot to send get well wishes when you broke your ankle. We agree about not running just yet and did not realize that you had to wear that boot for so long. Mom had to wear one too with a fractured ankle but she walked me anyway. Don’t forget how long she was laid up with her back, then the doctor told her you can walk with the dogs, but can’t hold the leash! Love Dolly
It’s terrible when Mom is out of commission. She was able to walk us after the first couple weeks, but only a few blocks and it was pretty slow going. We still went to agility and nose work classes, but it was painful watching her try to keep up with us! Hopefully our parents will hold up better in the future.
Cathy Armato says
I can totally relate to being grateful after a recovery that leaves you “grounded”. I’m glad to see you’ve made such great progress in your recovery! My progress wasn’t so good when I fractured my foot. It took forever just to get out of sneakers and back into a normal shoe. You are clearly in much better shape than I was, LOL! Enjoy the freedom you’ve recovered.
Love & Biscuits,
Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them
Yesterday was amazing as Mom was able to race into a store to grab two items and come right back out. Not possible in the boot. She still has only worn a regular shoe once, usually hiking shoes or tennis shoes and her brace when she is doing stuff with us.
Tails Around the Ranch says
So happy for your mom now that she’s ‘back on both her feet.’ Kudos!
We are all so happy life is slowly returning to normal!